McAfee Is The Virus!

My new Acer Win 7 Computer arrived with McAfee preinstalled.  I knew from previous experience that McAfee  caused conflicts with some programs I use, so I purchased Trendmicro and uninstalled McAfee… I thought!  Then I spent hours installing custom programs we use at our office. 

Over the weekend I did not use the computer.  When I came back to work Monday,  ALL my new installs of programs were  gone!  Hours of work!  McAfee had risen from the dead and not only removed Trendmicro, without permission, but also remove ALL my hours of work.

Days earlier,  I had personally watched McAfee uninstall as Trendmicro would not install until McAfee was gone. I even ran the TaskManager to be sure it was gone.  How did it re-install?  I still have no idea.

Today I started to  again tried to uninstall it, but this time it refused to uninstall!  I was busy so I had my staff call McAfee who then showed  them how to uninstall it when the usual process would not work.  Just to be sure,  I later ran TaskManager.  Guess what?  It had uninstalled as it did the first day.  To be sure checked “services”  and I found a small McAfee “service.”   Now I had an idea how it had destroyed my work!  I tried stopping the service but could not.

We searched online and found the McAfee support again, at least it claimed to be McAfee support  (I would not use this link!)  They were of course Indian.  They asked to log into the computer and my staff member let them via LogMeIn.com.   Then when they told her the computer had hundreds of Trojans and the registry was badly damaged.   They wanted $200.00 to fix it.   She was suspicious. She called me.  As I tried to get the tech to explain this damage,  I was closing down all the windows he had opened and logging him off.  I then re-booted.  I told him I though I would call ACER and I then hung up.   Of course the computer was fine,  other than the small McAfee service.  I then looked on the Internet and found how to use Command line code to uninstall this service (others had had this issue too!).  This finally,  I hope did it!  The TaskManger showed no McAfee after I restarted.

If you like and trust McAfee,  good luck to you!  I have never seen it work well.  Now I will never trust them for anything!

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Tech: Equalizer For Ubuntu

If you don’t know about Ubuntu it is time you learned about this great free Operating System for your computer.   In the mean time if you  have Ubuntu or are considering installing it,   then you will love this free app  SYSTEM-WIDE PULSEAUDIO EQUALIZER.

It is not currently being updated and it was last released for Ubuntu version Lucid Lynx however, it seems to work fine on 12.04.  I installed it today and found it great for configuring the sound of  my  speaker system.

Give it a try by following the instructions here:  http://www.webupd8.org/2011/04/system-wide-pulseaudio-equalizer.html

Ubuntu 12.04 Beautiful but still a few small bugs!

I just upgraded an old computer with a new power supply, etc.  I wiped windows xp and installed   Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) and added a 15″  LCD monitor, speakers and printer/scanner.   I have installed 12.04 on two computers now.  I install Ubuntu to Upgrade older computers that are no longer fast enough for my doctor’s office.  With Ubuntu they work better, faster and have access to literally Thousands Of Dollars worth of free programs.  Then I donate them through a 2nd party to a needy family.Image

I am a Big Fan of Ubuntu for many reasons and you can find other posts I have written on my Janr Ssor authors page  to tell you why.   However, there are issues with 12.04 and Nvidia graphics cards (I believe).  My computer with Nvidia,  would not display the start up,  3D, Unity Menu System.  However,  it works fine in 2D,  which is just not as pretty.  Nevertheless there are many many reasons to wipe windows and install Ubuntu on Your Computer.  If you are very conservative,  you can even install Ubuntu as a windows App and when you realize how much better it is than windows,  wipe windows and regain your hard disk space… if you wish.

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